What is the traditional arrangement between the sexes? Some would look to what things were like in the 1950’s, say, where the man worked in an office or factory, and the woman raised children (until they went to compulsory schooling) and looked after the domestic sphere.
Is this really traditional? A cursory glance shows: it is not. The 1950’s model was a brief, transitionary phase, brought on by urbanization and industrialization, among other things. 50 years (or so) earlier, when most people farmed, instantiations of this sort of model were relatively rare. It would be curious to call something that was part of a brief, transitionary shift brought on by singular aspects of modernization ‘traditional’.
So what does a more traditional model look like? To go back to what was in play for thousands of years, that would be something like the farming model. Here, although there was division of roles between the sexes that emerged from more natural differences, both sexes were engaged in an endeavour which centred around the property. Both ‘worked’ and both spent significant time with the children, but in different roles.
What is a modern analogue to this? One answer: a family-owned business, operating out of the home, where the children are also involved.